And so I Joseph Ostermeir, yours truely the Okie Traditionalist, once again sit here in my Okie armchair ruminating and reflecting on this here Valley of Tears.
In a recent past post I listed a summer To-Do Bucket List dependent upon my health recovery, yet the all wise and good Divine Physician has extended my penitential period of rehabilitation. Weekly physical therapy sessions, daily exercises and a health regimen, occupy my front lobe. Its one day at a time until we resume our weekend country roadtrips and dip into the cool waters of eastern Oklahoma's finest swimming holes.
And so I turn to the subject of this latest installment of The Okie Traditionalist--happiness while in pain. Until now I never knew, I really had just an inkling of understanding on the level of the abstract and academic, that it IS metaphysically possible to experience a state of peace and spiritual happiness while enduring constant pain.
Something surreal happens and you're just going to have to take my word for it, like people had to believe Jodie Foster's character in the movie Contact when she returns to Earth from her alien visit. Imagine being at the bottom of a vertical tunnel of fire burning alive, but making the raw decision to accept it and pray. Part of your soul ascends out of the pit into the blue sky and gentle breeze. Mind you, your lower nature is still down there in the fire, but the fire itself propelled your higher nature to ascend and calmly settle at the level of the intellect and will.
Its a paradoxical experience I'm sure some of you have had the
At any rate, if God lets me choose, I choose recovery and normality asap, to get back my duties of state. But this thing has changed me. As I talked about in an earlier post about three choices we can make when confronted by serious calamity, the only choice is to "grab that bull by the horns." Pray for me I dont let go.
Wishing you all a cool summer. Will post again soon.